Worcester Regional Mobility Study

I don’t have time to write a full report of this right now — though there is a summary of the study behind the paywall — but I would like to direct you to the website for the Worcester Regional Mobility Study

There’s a (5MB pdf) report and a (16.8MB pdf) Draft Report Figures document of the most interesting Worcester area maps you’ve seen in a long time.  Seriously, check out page 4/Figure 2-3 in the Draft Report Figures document to see the NHESP certified vernal pools in the city (God’s Acre is there), or page 7/Figure 2-6 for rates of owner-occupied housing, or page 8/Figure 2-7 for median household income, or page 18/Figure 2-16 for existing and proposed bike trails.  I promise you hours of map fun in that document!

The Worcester Regional Mobility Study will be having a meeting tomorrow at Union Station with two sessions (from 4:00-5:30pm and from 5:30-7:00pm) to discuss the report.  Unfortunately, due to a prior engagement, I will not be able to cover these meetings, and I wanted to know if a reader wanted to attend and report back to us.  If you do, send me an email and I’ll be happy to post whatever notes you have.

Here are the details for tomorrow’s sessions:

Study Advisory Group Technical Session (4:00 to 5:30 PM)
(this technical session is open to the public)
Study Overview/Progress
Review Draft Recommendations
Next Steps
Q & A

Public Information Meeting (5:30 to 7:00 PM)
Meeting Purpose
Study Overview/Progress
Review Draft Recommendations
Next Steps
Q & A


Community Stormwater Solutions Meeting – March 17

I thought I’d pass this information along — this is a meeting that I’ll attend and summarize for you all, but I wanted to see if others wanted to go to cover the different concurrent sessions.  Registration information is below.  (Also — if you’re on Facebook, you can indicate that you’ll attend the first meeting of the Worcester Stormwater Coalition here.)

Massachusetts Watershed Coalition Annual Meeting

March 17, 2011 at Doyle Conservation Center, 464 Abbott Avenue, Leominster

Community Stormwater Solutions

To Protect and Restore Your Streams

Stormwater is the leading cause for water impairment in New England.  Rapid runoff from roads, homes and businesses washes toxic pollutants into living waters, erodes stream banks and lessens the groundwater recharge that sustains stream flows during dry seasons.  This meeting will focus on answers to runoff problems that harm aquatic ecosystems, damage property and spoil uses of local streams, lakes and water supplies.

Stormwater is produced by the entire community and everyone can help to remedy runoff.  As outlined below, workshops will supply guidance for watershed groups, lake associations, town officials, highway departments, local stormwater committees, home-builders and engineers, which can prevent damages and renew the health of community waters. 

The meeting is free.  Pre-registration is requested – email mwc@commonwaters.org or call (978) 534-0379 to register for the meeting. 


4:30 p.m.         Registration and refreshments

                        Display Tables: Stormwater & Conservation Assistance Programs

 5:00                 Community-Based Solutions (plenary)

  • Welcome & Workshops Overview
  • Linking Municipal, State & Federal Stormwater Regulation – Fred Civian, MassDEP
  • Connecting Community Solutions – announcement of stormwater outreach initiative to coordinate and help communities cleanse polluted runoff – Bob Levite, MWC President

 6:15                 Local Problems & Opportunities (three concurrent workshops)

  • “Why We Should Care About Wild Trout Streams and their Inhabitants” – effective actions that  people can take to protect and restore healthy coldwater resources – Russ Cohen, Division of Ecological Restoration, MA Dept. of Fish and Game
  • “Stormwater Matters” Program & MS4s – nurturing community awareness & involvement in stormwater management – Nancy Bryant, SuAsCo Watershed Community Council
  • “A Community Guide for Growing Greener” – better site design and stormwater practices that prevent harm to local waters and habitats – Debbie Shriver, MA Watershed Coalition

 7:15                 Stormwater Solutions (three concurrent workshops)

  • Using biodegradable sediment and erosion controls for local land disturbances and construction projects  – John Engwer, Phase II Stormwater Products
  • Tree box filters, infiltration trenches and rain gardens – source reduction practices that will protect and improve local streams and lakes  – Paul Iorio, Green Street Systems
  • Applying effective measures for reducing the directly connected impervious areas (DCIA) in your community  – Mike Clark, Weston & Sampson Engineers

 8:15                 MWC Business Meeting

8:30 p.m.         Adjourn